Farm diversification projects being farmers into contact with the regular planning system. For diversification projects farmers will need to supply planning officers with more information than is usual for purely agricultural applications.
Farm diversifications are usually projects designed to support the existing farm business. A planning application will not usually provide sufficient information as to the operation of the whole farm business, its history or its performance. A development plan will reassure the planning authority that the diversified enterprise will help maintain or increase farm income and outline other benefits to the local economy that will arise as a result of the diversification scheme. A Farm development plan should help speed-up the planning process.